In a journey through shady forests and sunny paths, we pass by three managed dairy huts and explore the habitat of the Haflinger horses. We approach the village of Hafling/Avelengo via a winding road from Meran/Merano. Our hike begins at the parish church in the centre of the village (1280 m) and mainly follows wide forest paths.
On this culinary hike we are rewarded with a magnificent view of the Meran/Merano Mountains and the Dolomites. Below the Leadner Alm we tarry beside the Bruggen Pond and observe the wildlife in the water covered by water lilies. Look out for frequent glimpses of the blond Haflinger horses that live here.
The path continues to our first mountain farmstead, Leadner Alm, and then, along a gradually ascending forest track, to the Vöraner Alm (1875 m), the highest point in our hike, where we take advantage of the warm hospitality and typical mountain cuisine. On the descent we pass by the Wurzer Alm (1700 m) before returning to our starting point in Hafling.
Route rating/description: easy hike
Mountain range: Sarntaler Alpen/Alpi Sarentine
Length: 14 km
Time: 4 hours
Highest point: 1875 m
Elevation gain: 630 m
Ideal time of year: May to October or snowshoe hike in winter.